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WV Veterans Statistics

West Virginia Statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (FY 2015)

General Information – West Virginia  

  • Number of veterans: 165,709
  • VA expenditures in West Virginia: $1.9 billion
  • Compensation and pensions: $705 milliion
  • Medical and construction programs: $766 million
  • Insurance and indemnities: $9.4 million
  • General operating expenses: $369 million
  • Number of veterans receiving disability compensation or pension payments: 35,650
  • Number of West Virginians using GI Bill® or other VA education benefits: 23,018
  • Number of home loans in West Virginia backed by VA guarantees: 2,531
  • Value of West Virginia home loans guaranteed by VA: $458 million\
  • Number of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: 5,812
  • Value of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: $68 million
  • Number of West Virginia participants in VA vocational rehabilitation: 646
  • Number of veterans buried in West Virginia’s VA national cemeteries: 317
  • Number of headstones and markers provided for graves of West Virginia veterans and survivors: 3,491

Health Care (General)

One of the most visible of all VA benefits is health careVA provides health care services to veterans at 1,243 locations. VA also operates 300 Vet Centers and 80 Mobile Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling to veterans and their families. By 2016, veterans could access outpatient care at 1,064 locations, acute inpatient (hospital) care at 168 locations, community living centers at 135 locations and residential rehabilitation at 115 locations. In 2015, VA treated more than six million patients during 81 million outpatient visits and more than 554,000 inpatient admissions.  Another 1.35 million received care in local communities, funded by VA.  New technologies are expanding access to care.  For example, VA telehealth programs – the largest and most comprehensive in the nation – are turning veterans’ homes and communities into preferred sites of care.  In 2015, 12% of all veterans enrolled for VA care received telehealth-based care. This includes more than 2 million telehealth visits touching 677,000 veterans, 45% of them live in rural areas. Outreach using mobile health clinics and rural health care partnerships continues to expand access to veterans in rural areas. 

Health Care - West Virginia

  • Inpatient admissions, statewide, fiscal year 2015: 12,014

  • Outpatient visits, statewide, fiscal year 2015: More than 1.2 milion
  • West Virginia Veterans authorized for VA-funded care in the community: 16,859
  • Outpatient clinic locations: Charleston, Clarksburg, Franklin, Lenore, Maxwelton, Parkersburg, Parsons, Petersburg, Sutton, Williamson
  • Veterans Readjustment Counseling Centers (Vet Centers): Beckley, Charleston, Henlawson, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, Wheeling

    Disabilities and Pensions (General)

    Not all military service-related issues end when people are discharged from active duty.  In 2015, VA paid more than $63 billion in disability compensation benefits to nearly 4.1 million veterans for medical conditions incurred or aggravated during their active military service.  Additionally, VA paid nearly $5.5 billion in pension benefits to 506,000 low-income wartime veterans and survivors in 2015.  Veterans and survivors who are eligible for VA pension benefits and are housebound or require the aid and attendance of another person may also be eligible to receive additional monetary amounts.

    Disabilities and Pensions - West Virginia 

    • Number of veterans receiving monthly disability compensation: 35,650
    • Number of VA pensions to veterans in West Virginia: 2,640
    • Number of disability compensation claims processed: 10,844

     Memorial Affairs - West Virginia (Fiscal year 2015 data)

    • National cemetery burials in West Virginia: 317
    • Headstones and markers provided statewide: 3,491
    • Presidential Memorial Certificates issued statewide: 3,287